If you have family photos in your future, we know the question on your brain. “What should we wear for family photos?!” Some moms are AMAZING at this, and can whip up perfectly coordinated outfits for a family of 5 in a week. But that’s not you. Maybe you can barely get your kids dressed PERIOD – much less coordinate outfits and get everyone looking photo ready. We’re here to help. We’re going to debunk some popular family photo myths and give you some pointers that will make your family photos a treasure for years to come.
1. DON’T dress identically.
We’re just going to throw that one out there right now. I know that you’re tempted to have everyone wear blue jeans and a white shirt, but we actually advise against it. Not only does this take away from everyone’s individual personality, but you’ll probably find that your pictures look a little boring. We like to see everyone in an outfit that represents their personal style. When you look at these images for years to come, you’ll appreciate that everyone was wearing clothing that was truly THEM.
2. DO color coordinate
Okay, here’s our number one piece of advice to families everywhere asking themselves, “What should we wear for family photos?” Color coordinate! Pick a color family and go with it. Maybe it’s reds, oranges, and browns. Or maybe you like blues, purples, and greens. This gives you much more flexibility and it lets your family have more freedom in picking their outfits.
3. DO keep your home decor in mind.
If you’re getting professional photography of your family, you’re going to want a large, beautiful image to hang on your wall at home! So when you pick a color family for your outfits, try to keep your home decor in mind. Maybe your home is mostly neutrals, largely consisting of greys and whites. In that case, you’ll want to go with a more muted color palette. You probably won’t want to hang a large picture of your family wearing bright orange and red. If your home has lots of warm colors, like brown, tan, or burgundy, go with a warm color family for your outfits.
Another thing to keep in mind is the style of your home decor. If you have an elegant, beautifully decorated home, you may want to go for a more formal family photo session. If your home is more casual and comfy, a laid back, candid family session may be the best bet. Overall, you just want these images to represent your family, so go with the style that you’ll love most.
4. DO let your kids be kids.
This is especially for all you moms with young children. We know the horror of missing nap time or getting grass stains on those new pants you bought just for this photo session. It’s okay! Let kids be kids. Believe it or not, some of the cutest and most real photos we’ve gotten are when your little ones are distracted, running, playing, and being themselves. You want your family portraits to be a great memory for everyone involved, so if your kids want to play, we say: let them!